2000 Updated Again

2000 Global Summit of Women

Johannesburg, South Africa

October 5-7, 2000

Over 550 Participants from Over 50 Economies Join Together to Support Women's Interests at the 2000 Summit

President Nelson Mandela addresses the Summit participants at the Opening Ceremony

“The battle to put women in the forefront
must be fought by everybody
who wants lasting peace and stability.”

– Nelson Mandela, in address delivered at Global Summit of Women 2000, South Africa


At the Summit 2000 Opening Ceremony. (Left to right): Summit President, Irene Natividad; South African Minister of Minerals and Energy, Phumzile Mlambo Ngckua; South African Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Lindiwe Hendricks; Uganda's Vice President, Specuse Wandira Kazibwe; Philippines Vice President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo; South Africa First Lady Graca Machel; South African President Nelson Mandela.

Summit President Irene Natividad at the Opening Ceremony

South African First Lady, Graca Machel, speaking at the 2000 Summit Opening Ceremony

Pretoria Choir at the Opening Ceremony

Flags of Nations at Summit 2000

Summit President Irene Natividad with South African Minister for Minerals and Energy Phuzile Mlambo Ngucko

South African Host Committee

Philippines Vice President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo addresses delegates

Keynote Speakers

Speciosa Wandira-Kazibwe
Vice President, Republic of Uganda

Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
Vice President, Philippines

Graca Machel
Former First Lady, South Africa

What Participants are Saying...

"I have never exchanged so many business cards in my life. The Summit gave the word ‘networking' a whole new meaning."

          – BPW South Africa member

"This was truly one of the best and most inspiring conferences I have attended. The energy and possibilities that pervaded the networking atmosphere was remarkable."

         – Participant from South African investment firm

"What a spectacular event!"

         – U.S. Businesswoman

"The Summit has enriched me in so many ways and I can only promise you that I will share the resources with others within and beyond the borders for the betterment of mankind."

         – Tanzanian entrepreneur

"I now have a mentor from Canada – this would not have happened if it weren't for the Summit."

         – South African entrepreneur

What the Press is Saying...

Empowering African Women

"We meet because in the official international summits of the world, we are not yet invited in large numbers. We are not yet there, not in charge, not yet. We ARE coming! But we are not going to wait for them to invite us, we are going to create our own summits." CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE


Business Skirts Women's Issues

"The South African corporate boardroom is the last bastion of economic power whose membership remains predominately male." CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE

Summit Sponsors


Fawzia Hashim
Minister of Justice

Lindiwe Hendricks
Deputy Minister of Trade & Industry
South Africa

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka
Minister of Minerals and Energy
South Africa


Speciosa Wandira-Kazibwe
Vice President, Republic of Uganda

Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
Vice President, Philippines